Why are protein shakes so ubiquitous after a workout? Because protein is the most important macronutrient for muscle recovery.
Proteins, specifically the amino acids within them, not only protect and sustain the muscle that you have but also help heal and rebuild that muscle to grow stronger and harder. Without protein, the muscles will begin to atrophy and are unable to perform.
Even worse — if you fall short on protein, your body will actually begin to break down the proteins in your muscles for energy. Nobody wants to erase all their hard work, so it’s essential to consume enough quality protein daily.
Other Key Nutrients for Muscle Growth
There are specific micronutrients that your body is not capable of producing on its own. Therefore, they must be sourced from outside of you and consumed. It’s your job to get them in! The most important micronutrients are iron, zinc, calcium, and vitamins C and D. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to slower recovery in athletes.
How Often Should You Eat Protein?
Every. Single. Meal. Shorting your protein or even cycling it out will create a scarcity within your system, which is something you want to avoid. Your quality of life is dependent on your body’s ability to recover and keep up with the pace of your workouts. Therefore, keep your protein consistent and sourced from not only meat and eggs but also plant-based sources such as nuts, beans and whole grains.
Always try to eat a snack that contains a mix of protein and carbs within 45 minutes to an hour after your workout.
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